Eating peas and blue cheese add years to your life

She told you to mind your manners… to always wear clean underwear… and to keep a few pennies in your pocket for the payphone.

But the best advice your mum ever gave — if she was anything like mine — probably came at dinnertime.

Eat your peas!

If you’ve been downing those peas every night, you just may end up adding a couple of years to your life — all thanks to mum.

A new study, published in Cell Metabolism, found that spermidine, a naturally occurring compound in foods like peas, soybeans and blue cheese, may very well be a modern-day fountain of youth.

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute in Israel fed spermidine to mice in their drinking water, and found that it actually repaired damage to their circadian rhythms.

Now, when you hear about circadian rhythm, I’m guessing you think “sleep.” Your circadian rhythm is your body’s natural clock and it has plenty to do with how well you sleep every night.

Problems with your circadian rhythm have also been linked to all sorts of diseases we tend to develop as we age, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and chronic inflammation.

In their study, the Israeli researchers found that spermidine made the mice’s circadian rhythms run faster and more efficiently. In humans, that can translate to bodies that are “younger” and less prone to killer diseases.

The benefits of spermidine don’t end there. It also can help attack free radicals that can cause premature ageing and a host of nasty illnesses.

You’re not going to find supplements with spermidine, so your best bet is to get all you can handle through your diet.

That means loading up on those fresh (preferably organic) peas as often as you can.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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